Venues and Accessibility Information

Venue Map


Venue Information

The Rio Theatre

Address: 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1

Phone: 604.879.3456

Accessibility info: (taken directly from the Rio's about page,

Built in 1938 the entrance, main floor, lobby & auditorium of the Rio Theatre are all accessible, for all types of wheelchairs and scooters. The two main aisles between the main seating area are over 4 ft across. We removed 8 fixed seats in back left corner of the seating area creating a 7ft x 8ft area which provides several wheelchair/scooter spaces. Plus we removed 23 fixed seats in the front row to create front row access for wheelchairs/ scooters.

We also made changes to the women’s washroom to make it more accessible. The women’s washroom has one stall that has been adapted with an accessibility bar and a wider 32″ door, but at this time scooters and wheel chairs are not accessible in either bathroom because the turn radius to enter the bathrooms are too tight. The men’s washroom is very small so we were not able to install a wider door. However there is accessible washrooms available to use at Broadway Station Sushi restaurant 2 doors west of our building.

For information on accessibility at the Rio Theatre, please visit The Radical Access Mapping Project website.


SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

The Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema and the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

Address: 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Accessibility info: There are two entrances, off Hastings Street and off Cordova Street. From the Cordova Street courtyard, one entrance can be accessed by a ramp outside the Woodward's Westbank Atrium. The entrance to the ramp is across from JJ Bean Coffee, under the Stan Douglas Mural.

The entrance off Hastings street is open, but the auto door button is out of service. This entrance is otherwise accessible.

Inside the building all venues are accessible by elevator.


Vancouver Public Library, Central Library 

Address: 350 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Phone: 604.331.3603


All live recordings and panels will be held in the Montalbano Family Theatre on the 8th floor of the library. The "Let's Talk About Podcasting" workshops will be held in the Inspiration Lab on the 3rd floor.

Accessibility info: The Central Library is wheelchair-accessible with elevator access to all floors. All washrooms in the building are trans-inclusive. Central Library also has a single-stall, wheelchair-accessible, gender-neutral washroom on Level 2 (key available to anyone who asks for it at the Level 2 Information Desk).


Complimentary Companion Seating

Complimentary seating is available for companions of people with disabilities (subject to availability). Please email our box office coordinator at to receive your ticket ahead of time, or inquire at the venue box office on the day of the event.

Sound Amplification at Events

All of our feature programming and masterclasses at the Rio Theatre and SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts will be amplified. Only some of our programming will be amplified at the Vancouver Public Library. To find out which programs will be amplified at VPL, email or call Sharon at or 604-646-3200 ext. 105.


If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback regarding accessibility at our festival, please email